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Changing places

January 27, 2011 - Mike McLain
The biggest surprise since the Browns' season ended wasn't the firing of coach Eric Mangini. Instead, it was that a team would hire Brian Daboll as its offensive coordinator.

The Miami Dolphins did that shortly after Daboll cleaned out his office space at the Browns' headquarters. He now gets a second chance to show that he deserves or doesn't deserve to be a coordinator.

How Daboll got another OC gig is mind boggling. He appeared to be in over his head during two seasons running the Browns offense. Granted, he was handicapped by quarterback issues and the lack of a talented receiving corps, but his play calling often had fans scratching their heads.

Don't tell me that there weren't better offensive minds available for the Dolphins. Fans in south Florida can't be happy about Daboll's arrival.

Much has been made about the need to give minority candidates legitimate chances to become head cosaches, which led to the "Rooney Rule." No one seems to say much about the coordinator positions, which are often a springboard to a head-coaching job. It seems that the good-old boy network remains strong and vibrant for jobs below the top level.

I assumed that Daboll's best chance of gaining employment next season would be as a position coach. Obviously, the Dolphins have a higher opinion of him than other teams.


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